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Home Loan Programs Part II

Home Loan Programs Part II

Last week I discussed the importance of being informed on what loan programs there are available when shopping for a home loan.  This is so that you can be best aligned with the right program for your circumstances.  This week I am going to continue that discussion and talk about a few non-conventional programs.  Below are just some of the non-conventional programs that are available to consumers. Read the rest of this entry

Home Loan Programs Part I

Home Loan Programs Part I

When shopping for a home loan it can be challenging to understand all the different home loan programs there are to choose from.  Having a thorough understanding to what there is to offer is vital to making sure that you are aligned with the best program for your circumstances.  Below are just some of the conventional conforming and non-conforming programs that are available to consumers.  Read the rest of this entry

How Is My Credit Score Calculated?

How Is My Credit Score Calculated?

Understanding how your credit score is calculated is critical when trying to build your credit.  There are several different factors that make up your credit score.  These factors are grouped into five different categories; all of which are weighted by different percentages.  Knowing this information can help anyone who wants to build their credit as fast as possible. Read the rest of this entry

What Is Your Credit All About?

What Is Your Credit All About?

Understanding how your credit works is vital in today’s world.  Nowadays, it seems that your credit matters more than how much cash you have in the bank.  So here is a summary of what it’s all about.  The three big credit agencies are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion, also known as repositories.  Each agency uses a scoring system from the information reported to them about consumers.  TransUnion’s uses what is called a Vantage Score, while Experian and Equifax is FICO or Beacon.  Within these agencies there are three types of credit reports that can be pulled.  Read the rest of this entry

New mortgage credit score unveiled

This article came out last week and I thought it was important to share:

New mortgage credit score unveiled SANTA ANA, Calif. – July 11, 2012 – Traditionally, the same consumer credit scores are used to approve mortgages, credit cards and car loans. However, a new mortgage credit score – a joint venture of CoreLogic and FICO – takes more data into consideration in order to “improve lending decision quality and increase the number of mortgage loans lenders make.”

The new FICO Mortgage Score Powered by CoreLogic starts with traditional credit score data but it adds in supplemental data found in the CoreLogic CoreScore credit report introduced last year to generate a final mortgage-reliability score.

FICO says it created the new scoring model specifically to predict mortgage loan performance, and that it has shown a substantial improvement in risk prediction compared to other scores. And if lenders believe they can rely on the score, FICO reasons, they’ll make more loans.

“In this complicated operating environment, lenders increasingly turn to new data sources to help better interpret a consumer’s credit risk, so that more loans can be approved while mitigating potential losses,” says Tim Grace, senior vice president of product management at CoreLogic. “For a top-20 lender processing 300,000 applications a year, adopting this new score could translate into 3,900 more loans approved every year, along with a net financial benefit of $14.5 million.”

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